Applicants must normally hold at least a second class honours
degree upper division (2.1) in Psychology recognised by the
Psychological Society of Ireland or equivalent (a conversion
degree in Psychology) with relevant professional experience
when they start the course.
International applicants with equivalent qualifications are
most welcome to apply.
Applications are made online at:
Months of entry
This intensive course provides a professional training
in counselling psychology for a yearly intake of up to
approximately 12 to 14 students. The three main objectives
of the course are (1) to allow students to obtain a level
of postgraduate academic and research performance
appropriate for the award of a doctoral qualification, (2)
to progress this academic and research performance with
the practice of counselling psychology, and (3) to acquire
professional knowledge and skills.
Taught classes as well as counselling skills training,
supervision and reflective practice modules emphasises the
application of current psychological knowledge informed by
empirical research in the work of the counselling psychologist.
In year one, after the first few weeks of concentrated, full
time coursework and personal development work, 2 full
days per week are spent on placement and 2–3 days in
classes. The D.Couns.Psych. offers a wide range of course
approved placement options in community, health, mental
health, education and private practice settings, as well as
welcoming new student recommended sites, particularly for
those students residing outside the greater Dublin area. At
least 3 different placements are required during the 3 years
of the course. The second year involves further training in
counselling theories and practice, and students conduct
a research dissertation related to counselling psychology,
initiated during the summer before entering second year.
Personal development work, including individual therapy,
is required throughout the 3 years. The third year includes
small group supervision, reflective practice, and advanced
counselling and psychotherapy theory and its application.
However, the main focus will be on research.
Graduates of this course are skilled to conduct mental health
assessments and therapy with individuals, couples and groups
across the lifespan. Typically, they start to specialise during their
studies and further develop their skills after the course. They
are employed by Health Service Executive, e.g. the National
Counselling Service, Refugee and Asylum Seekers Service,
Autism Services; Voluntary agencies; e.g. St. John of God's
Services, Brothers of Charity Services, National Association
for the Deaf; third level student counselling services; private
practice; research settings; and multiple other locations.
Information for international students